Involvment Outreach

Puentes y Puertas 

Outreach is central to Chicano Student Programs. We host well-attended, on-campus conferences for potential UCR students; provide presentations and tours for local schools; and connect our students to the kind of essential service-learning opportunities that have true positive impact. With the passage of Proposition 209, our commitment to outreach is stronger and more important than ever.

Join the effort. Inspire local youth at our annual Chicano/Latino Youth Conference, participate in a motivational school presentation or lead a workshop for Community College Day. Your familia needs you!

Calling all future Highlanders, be a part of our familia — apply to UCR!


School Visit 2023_UCR Letters

Each quarter, Chicano Student Programs hosts 6-8 school visits with schools across the state ranging from K-14, including parent organizations. School visits include student panels, presentations, campus tours focused on UC Riverside admissions and campus life, and the resources available for Chicanx/Latinx scholars and the comunidad. 

If you are interested, registration must be completed at least four weeks in advance to allow ample time to complete all required visitation paperwork. Due to limited capacity, registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. You can find the registration link here.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Chicano Student Programs at (951) 827-3821 or email Bibiana Canales.

This action-packed, one-day annual conference during spring quarter brings more than 500 local high school students to UCR. Its goals include increasing the number of Chicano/Latino students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, promoting cultural awareness, and encouraging social activism.

Attendees participate in workshops, listen to inspirational guest speakers and learn more about their options for higher education and beyond. The conference’s outstanding reputation has led high schools to return year after year.

Our 32nd Annual Chicano/Latino Youth Conference that will take place at the University of California, Riverside on Saturday, April 27th, 2024. Our theme is: “El poder de nuestra comunidad comenzó con el alimento de nuestros antepasados y juntos plantamos semillas que florecerán a pesar de las circumstancias. You are the living reality of yesterday's dreams!"

To register, complete the form below by Friday, April 5, 2024. Registration Link Form:  

If there are further questions, email Bibiana Canales.

For more than 30 years, this annual one-day, winter quarter event has attracted hundreds of participants from community colleges throughout Southern California. As an increasing number of students begin their college careers at community colleges, the need to reach out to these potential transfer students increases as well.

Participants attend workshops designed to bolster confidence and self esteem, are introduced to role models who have taken similar academic journeys, and get a chance to explore the nuts and bolts of a smooth transition to UCR.

If you are interested in attending Community College Day or in helping out as a volunteer, please email Estella Acuña

Community college Day: Transfer Conference


Community Service Projects

We connect students and staff to multiple rewarding and effective community outreach opportunities. Chicano Student Programs gives motivational presentations at local schools through the Youth Education Motivation Program (YEMP), leads campus tours for visiting groups, and participates in a multitude of events coordinated by student organizations, community centers and public agencies. If you would like to connect to these, or any outreach opportunities at Chicano Student Programs, please contact us.

Student organization MEChA’s spring quarter Dia del Niño Conference is designed to expose children to higher education at an early age. The conference is open to all students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The conference features workshops on subjects such as science, music, math and art plus a “fun facts” tour of UCR’s campus. The whole day is meant to empower students and motivate them to work hard and attend college. 

Summer Outreach

Summer outreach opportunities include our annual PACE Summer Residential Program, the MEChA Summer Leadership Camp and the Latinos in Science Leadership Camp. Contact information for these programs can be found at the links provided.

School Visit Volunteers

If you are a current UCR student and are interested in participating in a student panel, providing tours, or both, you can sign up to volunteer. You don't need any experience. The only experience we need is your knowledge! To show your interest and availability, sign up here.

Student Panel 2023

Chicanx/Latinx Student Experience

Chicanx Latinx Student Experience Brochure

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Lograr | Universidad de California

La UC presenta Lograr Universidad de California, un nuevo portal de admisiones en español para ayudar a los estudiantes y sus familias a navegar el proceso de obtener una educación en la Universidad de California. Compruébalo aquí:


UC introduces Lograr Universidad de California—a new Spanish-language admissions portal to help students and their families navigate the process of attaining a University of California education. Check it out here :